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First Steps: Exploring .NET Core and ASP.NET Core



In this post I'll demonstrate how to get started with .NET Core and ASP.NET using the Command Line Tools. I'll create a few very simple projects and starting with a plain console application, show how to hook up ASP.NET, run an API and MVC app and then run the app locally on Windows and then move it over to run on the Mac. This is not meant to be your typical getting started tutorial that jumps right into Visual Studio and creating a Web project from there. Rather, the purpose of this post is to demonstrate some of the core underpinnings of how .NET Core and ASP.NET Core projects are bootstrapped to run.

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Moving to Lets Encrypt SSL Certificates



This week marks the expiration of my last paid for SSL certificates and moving all certificates to Lets Encrypt. In the process I had a chance to moving some of my smaller personal and hobby sites as well as moving my wildcard cert for the main site. In this post I'll describe the process I'll describe what tools I used and the process I went through to gradually move my sites over to Lets Encrypt.

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ASP.NET Web Site Project Publishing and Changing ACLs



When publishing ASP.NET Web Site Projects, the project publish will overwrite server ACLs by clearing them to the inherited defaults and removing rights from common accounts. The result is that if you have custom ACLs set on the server they will be wiped by default. This occurs only on Web Site projects and in this post I remind myself of the .pubxml override setting that disables this default behavior

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Upgrading to ASP.NET Core RTM from RC2



I installed and upgraded an ASP.NET Core Sample application today and while the actual project upgrade process from RC2 was relatively easy, there were a few hiccups with installation and one of the breaking changes for the RTM release. In this post I'll go over some of the things I ran into and the workarounds.

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Use Powershell to bind SSL Certificates to an IIS Host Header Site



Managing SSL certificates on Windows has always been a pain in the ass and recently with the introduction of SNI to support multiple SSL certificates per site things have changed slightly in order to register certificates with IIS programmatically. In this post I show how to use PowerShell and the IIS WebAdministration snap in commands to create or import and register an SSL Certificate via the Command Line along with how this convoluted process works

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ASP.NET Core and .NET Core Overview



ASP.NET Core and .NET Core are almost here, with the RTM release scheduled for the end of this month. In this post I’m going to revisit the high level overview architecture of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core since so much has changed, to help you understand how the pieces fit together and what it means to develop on the new stack along with some personal thoughts on how I plan to approach all of this new tech in my own work.

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Publishing and Running ASP.NET Core Applications with IIS



If you plan on hosting ASP.NET Core applications on IIS, you'll find that the process to get your application to run is quite different than it was with classic ASP.NET. Because ASP.NET Core applications are essentially standalone Console applications that run outside of IIS, some special tooling and new publishing tools are required to get your apps up and running on Windows Server. In this post I'll give an overview of the architecture and show you how to deploy your ASP.NET Core applications using IIS on Windows Server.

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IIS Channel Listener Errors in Windows 10 Insider Build 14342



After installing Insider Build 14342 I ran into some major issues with IIS crashing hard and resulting in stopped Application Pools. After some tracking it turns out this is due to application pool bitness which causes 32 bit Application Pools to crash for me.

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Windows Updates and Lost Software Licenses and Activations



Windows Updates often hose Software Activations and Licenses for various commercial software packages. It's a pain in the ass and it's time to let those vendors that use the outdated practice of counting activations based on Windows OS criteria is no longer viable.

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Strongly Typed Configuration Settings in ASP.NET Core



ASP.NET Core provides built-in support for using strongly typed classes to represent configuration information. The configuration system provides a flexible mechanism for using different configuration storage providers and mapping those providers to your strongly typed objects. In this post I show how to set up strongly typed resources and use them in your ASP.NET Web applications.

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Using Westwind.Globalization to edit loose RESX Files



Although Westwind.Globalization is primarily aimed at Web applications, you can also use it to edit arbitrary RESX files using the Localization Administration interface that comes with the library. In this post I show how you can import RESX resources, then use the editor to manipulate RESX resources interactively, and then export the resources back out, using a local Web application on your machine.

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Creating Single Instance WPF Applications that open multiple Files



If you're building document centric applications, Singleton style EXE applications are pretty common. Rather than creating new windows for each opened file, a more common scenario is to open new tabs in a single instance. In this post I'll describe how to create a WPF application that allows only a single instance to run and passes command line arguments passed in secondary instances to the primary instance and I'll describe some pitfalls that you might have to watch out for.

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Getting 'motivated' to move to SSL and HTTPS



The pressure is on: HTTPS is pushed front and center more and more as we see the browser vendors and API tools providers, making SSL encryption no longer an optional part for many things that you build on the Web. SSL and HTTPS are becoming a requirement and for good reasons. I personally ran into this with the Google Maps API in one of my applications that now requires an HTTPS based client page in order to use this API. In this post I discuss some of the issues and why this is actually a good thing, and some of the steps I took to move my existing site to HTTPS.

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Windows 10 Bash Shell Network Connectivity not working?



When trying out the Windows 10 Bash on Ubuntu shell, I ran into several problems with networking. Turns out that there are issues with IPv6 and by swapping or removing the IPv6 nameserver entries with IPv4 versions connectivity can be restored back.

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Google AdSense for AJAX Content



I recently redesigned one of my Web sites to use dynamic page re-loading for additional page content, which broke the original AdSense ad code. In this post I'll describe how to get AdSense ads to work with AJAX loaded content by explicitly calling Googles ad code from your dynamic navigation code.

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Configuring ASP.NET and IIS Request Length for POST Data



One of the most infuriating things about IIS configuration in general is how the Request length is configured in the IIS and ASP.NET. There are several places that control how much content you can send to the server and over the years this setting has changed in a number of ways. The places where it's configured is not super obvious and they can be fluid because some of these features are...

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Custom Message Formatting in WCF to add all Namespaces to the SOAP Envelope



Over the last few days I've been fighting with a Web Service that does not allow inline namespaces which WCF copiously uses by default in its generated service proxies. In this post I describe how to create a custom message formatter add namespaces explictly to the SOAP envelope.

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Reversing Sort Order on DOM Elements using jQuery



When creating list content in Web pages, it's often quite useful to allow users to sort or reverse the order of items displayed. Creating client side sortable lists is easy to do and in this post Rick shows an easy way to make a list reversible using jQuery.

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Code Magazine Article: Flexing your HTML Layout Muscles with Flexbox



Flexbox is a relatively new CSS based technology that makes it much easier to create structured layouts with HTML and CSS. Based on a containership hierarchy, Flexbox combines the structured features of tables with the free form layout capabilities of arbitrary HTML elements that make it possible to create complex , yet flexible HTML designs much more easily that was otherwise possible. My article in CoDe Magazine describes the reasons for Flexbox, the basics of operation and few practical examples you can use today to put flexbox to use.

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Registering and Unregistering a VSIX Extension from the Command Line



If you use VSIX extensions and you need to install them as part of an installation script, you can use the VSIX Installer executable that ships with Visual Studio to control the install and uninstall process.

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Using Let's Encrypt with IIS on Windows



Let's Encrypt is a new, open source certificate authority for creating free SSL certificates. In this post I show you how you can use some of the API clients on Windows to create Let's Encrypt certificates for use in IIS.

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Flexbox Containers, PRE tags and managing Overflow



I ran into nasty problem with PRE tag overflow behavior, which caused content of PRE tags to not respect the boundaries of the container even when overflow rules were set. It turns out the problem was due to Flexbox and the min-width setting that is set differently than standard DOM Block mode rendering.

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FontAwesome Fonts and Mime Types in IIS and other Web Servers



When using Font-Awesome on IIS (and other Web Servers) you might find that the server is not serving the .WOFF2 or .WOFF file that is requested by Chrome for the FontAwesome font files. Although Fontawesome works fine regardless, you'll want to address the 404 error by serving the preferred file. Here's how.

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Microsoft renames ASP.NET 5 to ASP.NET Core 1.0



ASP.NET 5 has been renamed to ASP.NET Core 1.0 and in the process some major changes are happening to the framework very late in the release cycle. In this post I take a look at some of the concern I have when I see these drastic changes so late in the release cycle and some thoughts on how I've worked with ASP.NET Core so far and some of the trepidations I have moving forward.

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Styling all Text Elements with the CSS :not Filter



HTML5 has a proliferation of INPUT types and when you need to style these types in an application the list can get quite long. You can cut down on the size of the list and simplify remembering which INPUT types you don't want styled as text, by using the CSS :not() selector. This post shows how.

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